After being speculated throughout much of the off-season, but looking unlikely to happen as Training Camp loomed, the Detroit Lions and their quarterback, Matthew Stafford, are on the verge of agreeing to a three-year contract extension. The extension is believed to be worth around $53 million ($43 million guaranteed).
The first overall pick in the the 2009 NFL Draft, out of the University of Georgia, Stafford’s contract was originally slated to expire following the 2014 season, but will now go through 2017. The new, longer contract is estimated at $76.5 million over five years.
Stafford suffered through two injury-filled years in 2009 and 2010, before bursting on the scene with a record-shattering 2011 campaign, becoming just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in a single season (along with Dan Marino, Drew Brees and Tom Brady). He also threw for 41 touchdowns against 16 interceptions and led the Detroit Lions to a 10-6 record, their first winning season in 10 seasons, and first playoff appearance since 1999. He finished just shy of the 5,000 yard mark in 2012 and had just 20 touchdowns against 17 interceptions as the team slumped to a last-place, 4-12 finish.
Stafford becomes the fourth starting quarterback to sign a contract extension with his team this off-season, following Baltimore’s Joe Flacco, Dallas’ Tony Romo and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers. Additionally, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan is reportedly in talks to re-up his deal.
Stafford will be 30 years old at the conclusion of the deal and eligible for free agency in 2018.
More coverage later today on SideLion Report. In the meantime, what do Lions’ fans think of the deal?